AUTO TIPS…presented by Bob Arlotta

AUTO TIPS presented by Bob Arlotta


On front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles, the constant-velocity joints (CVJs) simultaneously enable the axle to flex while transmitting the driving force from the engine to the wheel. The CVJs are protected by flexible, ribbed, rubber boots that keep water and dirt out of the joint and preserve the special grease inside the joint. If the boots are damaged, the resultant leak will allow the grease that lubricates the joint to run out. At the same time, dirt will get into the joint, which will almost certainly lead to failure. A clicking noise that is heard while the vehicle is turning is an audible indication that there is a CVJ problem. The earlier a problem is detected, the better.

If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you are probably attuned to the sounds and feel of your vehicle. When you notice a new sound or the handling seems a little off, it could signal a problem. Don’t wait for a breakdown. Bring your vehicle to LONG HILL AUTO SERVICE at the first sign of trouble. Our shop is at 1905 Long Hill Rd., Millington. To make an appointment, call (908) 647-7984. If you need a tow, we can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are an AAA Auto Repair and NAPA Auto Care Center.

HINT: If a CVJ boot is damaged and the grease lubricating the CVJ becomes contaminated, the vehicle will become more difficult to maneuver through bumps and potholes.

Long Hill Auto Website


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